KEY POINTS

  • iOS 13.4 brings new fixes and features to the iPhone
  • Those who think iOS 13.4 affects battery life and Bluetooth performance can downgrade to iOS 13.3.1
  • Downgrading can be done while Apple is signing it

Apple recently released iOS 13.4, which brings a slew of fixes and enhancements to improve the iPhone user experience. Those who don't want to use the new iOS version, or those who have some complaints about it, have the option to downgrade back to iOS 13.3.1.

iPhoneHacks reported that while iOS 13.4 brings new features that are meant to improve the way the iPhone works, some users have complained of battery life issues and Bluetooth issues. These issues serve as deal-breakers, potentially making the iOS experience a bad thing for some.

Thankfully, iOS 13.4 users have the option to downgrade to iOS 13.3.1 and wait until Apple has finally ironed out all the issues surrounding the new iOS version. Downgrading is easy and allows users to stay in the relative comfort of using an older, but proven, iOS version.

Users can downgrade to iOS 13.3.1 without having to erase their data. Downgrading can only be done, however, for as long as Apple is signing it. And so, those who are thinking of downgrading should do it as soon as they can. Here's how iOS 13.4 users can downgrade to iOS 13.3.1 without erasing their data:

  • First, users will need to turn off Find my iPhone. This is done via Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.
  • Second, users will need to download the iOS 13.3.1 firmware file from here. Users are advised to download using Chrome or Firefox. Those who download via Safari will need to disable the auto unzip feature.
  • Third, once the file is downloaded, users will need to connect the iOS 13.4-powered iPhone to their Mac or Windows computer, launch iTunes then select their iPhone from the top-left corner. (Those who are using a Mac that runs on macOS Catalina to perform the downgrading will need to open a new Finder window to access their device. This is because iTunes is no longer part of Catalina.)
  • Fourth, users will need to click on Summary in the left-hand sidebar, hold the Alt/Option key (for Mac) or Shift key (for Windows), and click on the Check for Update option. A window will pop up.
  • Fifth, users will need to select the iOS 13.3.1 firmware file they downloaded earlier, and click on Update when prompted.

Those who downgraded to iOS 13.3.1 should check to see if the problems they faced while using iOS 14 are gone. If the problems persist, it will be better to just upgrade back to iOS 13.4.

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